If you have been in the Birmingham, Alabama ares you probablly have seen the large statue of a man pointing skywards. It is Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge. The histor of Vulcan is deeply tied to Birmingham's roots and its growth. Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge, was originally built in 1904 and has stood as a symbol of Birmingham for over 100
years. Vulcan stands 56- feet tall. What is this pagan colossus doing on the virtual buckle of the Bible Belt?
Vulcan was sculpted by artist Giuseppe Moretti for steel town Birmingham as an exhibit for the Palace of Mines and Metallurgy at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. He was (and still is) the world's largest cast metal statue and the largest statue ever made in the U.S. His height was originally planned for 50 feet, but when Birmingham learned that a pagan Buddha in Tokyo stood 52 feet tall, they made their pagan Vulcan four feet taller.
Find more information at http://www.roadsideamerica.com/
or google Vulcan, Birmingham, Alabama.
We enjoyed our visit and loved the scavenger hunt. We did go up to the observation deck and could see all around Birmingham. We learned a lot of interesting facts and had fun in the process. Hope you are able to visit Vulcan sometime.
Have a blessed day...
Much Love and Prayer's,
Lori and crew